WEEKLY WRAP-UP: June 26th

It continues to be an OUTSTANDING month for romance, with so many great new releases to fill up your TBR. This might be my biggest release week yet, and the quality of these new books is excellent. I tried out several new-to-me authors whose work I will definitely be reading more of, and there were also new books by some of my favorites – a few of whom you might not be familiar with!

If you read my Teaser Tuesday post (found here), you know that we’ve got one more big release week before things settle down for the holiday, so I’ll have reviews going up throughout the week!

If you missed any of this week’s reviews, I’ve got the blurb and rating for each below. There’s also a link to my list of 15 of My Favorite Single Dads and this week’s Deals and Steals list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

He’s a beast in the spreadsheets and 

a boss in the bedsheets

Mr. Santillian,

Despite the fact I’m currently living out of your guest room and sleeping with you most nights, I am writing to announce my resignation effective two weeks from today. 

In other words, I’ll locate someone who is both obscenely overqualified and willing to devote their days to the handful of tasks you are able to wrench from your perfectionist, micromanaging grip. It may be difficult to find a Nobel laureate genius looking for basic filing work on such short notice, but I’ll do my best. 

Don’t worry about your sister’s wedding this weekend. I still plan to attend as your date, assuming you’ve finished hating me by then. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

Zelda

Ms. Besh,

Resignation not accepted. 

I’ll see you at home. 

Ash

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3815Tpi

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3iacuCH


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mysterious and engrossing

Welcome to Crestwood University…Where smiles conceal secrets.

Gossip runs rampant.

And everyone hides the truth.

Sophia Galloway has no idea what she’s walking into when she transfers to Crestwood University.

Returning to Texas was her only goal.

But nothing could prepare her for stepping foot on a campus where no one is what they seem.

In a world where frat guys think they can do no wrong.

And sorority presidents think they run the show.

Sophia’s about to find out what happens when she unknowingly crosses the wrong guy, pisses off the wrong sorority sister, and refuses to play by anyone else’s rules.

A life will be lost.

Lies will be told.

Hearts will be broken.

And secrets…well secrets are meant to be revealed.

Is there anyone she can trust?

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/3dkJqEI

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/31dW066


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and sexy

Let me just say — none of this was supposed to happen. 

I didn’t expect the letter to go viral. I didn’t think anyone would figure out who Dear Sexy Ex was. And I especially never thought he would find out about it. Yeah, bit of a miscalculation there.

But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business. By becoming his fake fiancée.

Yup, that’s the pickle I find myself in — pretending to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex.

Only, it’s not an act. And he can never know.

Read the review here

✦ Kindle ➜ https://amzn.to/2CAcdIC

✦ Amazon Paperback ➜ https://amzn.to/2Vi532r

✦Audible ➜ https://amzn.to/2A5hU0v


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dark and wild ride

Everyone has an ex who haunts them.

Mine shot me in the arm and told me to run or he’d kill everyone I ever loved. And then he’d kill me.

Years later, he’s made good on that promise. I’m the only one left.

He’s got his sights set on finding me, and my options on places to hide are quickly running out.

Until I meet a gorgeous assassin with an agenda of his own…putting not only my life, but my heart in danger.

With piercing green eyes and irresistible confidence, Gavin tells me not to be afraid. Promises he’s on my side. Swears he’s here to protect me instead of doing what he does best…kill.

The desire to trust him is tempting. The passion between us, even more so.

But when everything I thought I knew is suddenly flipped upside down, and all that’s dangerous and forbidden comes to light, I have to make a choice.

Continue to run and hide…

Or risk it all, including the man who somehow captured my heart.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2Vb9Vq2

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2YVEGQR


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and easy

I never meant to say a word, not one single word.

But I did.

Now because of something I leaked—without even realizing it—I’ve inadvertently broken up one of the Ice Knights’ most legendary bromances. And worse—I’ve kicked hockey star Ian Petrov’s grumpy level to insane levels of grump.

And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.

I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. But… would it be terrible if we gave in? Just a little? It’s not like we’re ever going to have to spend time together again. 

Until the next morning when we’re told we have to play chummy for the press until this news cycle blows over. 
F.M.L.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2Bpcbmz

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2YmrwwZ

Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2V36GAE


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5-star banter

I had his posters on my wall when I was sixteen and when I accidentally got pregnant in high school—his was the face I dreamt of when I closed my eyes at night.

Now, over twenty years later, that dream’s turned into a reality.

Not only is Drew Amhurst in my tiny town of Seaside, live and in the flesh…

But he’s mentoring my rockstar son.

Drew says he’s mine for a week.

And he made me three promises.

“No strings attached.”

“No falling in love.”

“It’s only seven days.”

He’s confident that he can help me rediscover myself both in and out of the bedroom, and I’m confident that he’s too arrogant for his own good.

And at the end of seven days, he swears he’ll walk out of my life the way he came into it.

The only problem is, the more I get to know him, the more I want to surrender the last pieces of my heart and beg him to stay.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CqziNS


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Secrets and seduction

Passion, seduction, and my family’s secret that could change everything. I went looking for my missing brother, but instead, I found him: Kace August. He’s dark. He’s dangerous. He makes me want things I can’t have and brings me into a world of forbidden seduction. But I just can’t seem to walk away.

Book one in the Brilliance Trilogy.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NpY7vC


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Playful and unique

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. 

When big, brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and former rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact to him, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Suddenly, half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse? 

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf is secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs. 

The easy lay Dani dreamed of is now more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2V9DJDd


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Low angst and sexy

Tessa Chauncy is the best kind of trouble. Beautiful, sweet and completely off limits. I’ve sat by and watched other men drool after her and forced myself to stay in check. Hey, I’m in the NHL… I have self-control in spades. 

Except when it comes to her.

With the bat of her lashes and quick whip of that sharply pointed tongue Tessa can knock grown men to their knees. I’ve seen them wither and crumble under her confident stare— something I’m pretty sure she learned from sparring with me, thankyouverymuch.

But I’m not just falling for her. I’m down for the count. 

She’s the girl I wanted, when wanting her was wrong.She’s also my new roommate–And oh yeah, my best friend’s little sister.

Heaven help me, I’m probably going to get his fist to my face or his hockey stick shoved in very dangerous places for what I’m about to do, but I don’t think I care anymore.

I’m in love with my best friend’s little sister….and I’m done waiting.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fAkHyD


⭐️⭐️⭐️ Angsty and problematic

If he kisses me right now, I’ll drown.

Every sip of air is shallow and burning, because in the arms of my best friend’s brother, I’m the closest I’ve ever been to sin.

His eyes flick to my lips, and I remember the first time I tasted him, seven years ago before I left this town and vowed never to return. His hands grip my waist, and I remember the pain when he rejected me, when my entire world crashed down at his command. His jaw clenches, and my senses come alive with one stinging reminder.

I’m not his to kiss, and he’s not mine.

I tried to stay away from Tyler Wagner, putting an entire country between us. But when his sister’s wedding brings us back to the same town, to the same house, I can’t avoid him, no matter how hard I try.

He’s always there, his dark eyes bewitching, luring me into their depths. The memory of us pulls me under like a rip current, and when he flashes that smile, I lose my breath, along with my will, unable to escape his grip and find the surface.

Now, hours before our plus ones arrive for the wedding, I’m in his arms, begging him to make me hate him, knowing he never could.

If he kisses me right now, I’ll drown.

And I’ll take him down with me.

Make Me Hate You is a best friend’s brother romance that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Read the review here

Kindle Edition: https://amzn.to/2B5owME

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Z7DQAl


⭐️⭐️ Problematic

From #1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens comes a complex romance about finding your purpose, living your dreams, and loving your soul mate.

Valerie would never do anything to hurt her sister, but when the man of Valerie’s dreams turns out to be her sister’s new boyfriend, remaining loyal to her family becomes increasingly difficult. Valerie knows nothing can ever happen between her and Jake, but that doesn’t prevent her from growing hopelessly fond of him.

By keeping her distance, Valerie is mostly successful in pushing her feelings for Jake aside, but when she struggles to land a job after culinary school, it’s Jake who offers her the opportunity of a lifetime working with a world-renowned chef…and also, working with Jake.

Valerie’s heart twists with indecision. Does she take the job of a lifetime cooking and sailing around on a yacht, but torture herself in an isolated situation with a man who is perfectly made for her yet absolutely off limits? Or does she reject the offer that could get her so much closer to making her dreams come true?

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/37K1QxA


15 of My Favorite Single Dads

In celebration of all of the great fathers out there, I’m sharing a list of some of my favorite single dads! There’s nothing quite like a sexy guy being loving and patient with his children. It definitely makes for some swoonworthy moments! Single dads can make excellent romance heroes, whether they’re comfortable with the role or still getting their bearings. The following books all feature single dads who will steal your heart and storylines that will hold your attention. Check out the list here.


This Week’s Deals and Steals

New week, new deals!!! There continue to be a ton of great freebies and deals out there on Kindle books, so get clicking and load up your eReader! These low/no price books are the perfect way to try out new-to-you authors without breaking the bank.

They’re sorted into four lists – freebies, 99 cents, $1.99 and $2.99 or more. These deals change daily and it’s almost the end of the month, so grab them while you can! Fair warning: I add new deals as I see them, but only remove expired deals once a week and they sometimes go fast. Check out the complete list here.

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